Why Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge in the mouth, usually coming through between the ages of 17 and 25. These back molars may cause trouble because there is often insufficient room in the mouth. So the wisdom teeth may push other teeth out of alignment, or not completely emerge from the Gum. This can lead to crooked teeth and infections in the mouth.

Wisdom Teeth may cause:

  • Inflammation and infections in the jaw.
  • Pain in the jaw.
  • Swelling and pain in the side of the mouth.
  • Crooked teeth as they push on other surrounding teeth.
  • Irritated and bleeding gums.
  • Bad breath.
  • Loss of bone if they lead to periodontitis.
  • Partially emerging wisdom teeth are hard to clean, leading to decay and infections.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

One or more wisdom teeth may need to be removed. This is a fairly common procedure for young adults. It is one of the more painful dental operations, but once the patient has recovered the problem will never occur again.

Wisdom Teeth Issues

It seems strange that our bodies will produce extra teeth that so often lead to problems. Many researchers suspect that our wisdom teeth should be serving a useful purpose as our other teeth do and that something has happened to cause the problems.
Some research indicates that children who chew slightly tough food as infants have slightly larger jaws than adults. This slight increase in jaw size, about 1/2 cm, allows room for the latter developing wisdom teeth, avoiding any crowding problems.

Merrylands Wisdom Tooth

Wisdom teeth often cause problems and require extraction. Talk to your dentist if you experience swelling or jaw pain.


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